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Theme: The World is Shifting! Being Focused Forward Is A Game Changer: How will you pursue Excellence?


Game Changers 2023 Features and Schedule Document

​The proud Co-Sponsors of the Game Changer Conference in its tenth year are—



    • UCF “Aim High-In-Life” Youth Development Organization, enters 15th years of “promoting student success and changing lives in the community one student at a time amongst at-promise youth.” Saving and Shaping Young People Lives! (

    • Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrates 51 years of leadership excellence in Montgomery County Maryland with community engagement activities such as the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week, Bridge Builder Mentoring Program, and the Fatherhood partnership with HOC. (

    • Montgomery County Public School System, Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement. One of the Top public school districts in the Country! 

    • Montgomery College (A Partnerships for Interfaith and Community Service - MC-PICS) The Universities at Shady Grove offers career-oriented higher education courses to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland and its surrounding region. 

    • The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Montgomery County is a collaborative umbrella organization composed of historically African American Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. The NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine.

    • The Universities at Shady Grove offers career-oriented higher education courses to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, and its surrounding region. Ms. Annie Foster Ahmed, Director, Macklin Center for Academic Success (Upward Bound and Upward Bound-Math/Science Programs).

    • Montgomery County Government UCF Youth Organization partner and stakeholder for responsible positive youth development the since 2012.


Conference Goal:  To prepare our young males for a “Game Changer” experience by helping to regain and build their social emotional wellness, confidence, competencies, and values they need to get to the next level and become a Success Story.  The aim is to raise awareness and promote student access and success, especially amongst male students by providing strategies to win with academics and athletics.   


Conference Objective:  To show our young males that their lives count, matter, valued, and we do care about them doing the required work to succeed in this post COVID pandemic era.  The one-day conference is geared towards African American and minority students of color; there are 4 aged divisions: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College age students.   We want to encourage our young males to reach their full potential resulting in boosting High School and College Graduation.   ​


Theme: The World is Shifting! Being Focused Forward Is A Game Changer: How will you pursue Excellence?


The Ask: Make “Hope Happen” and be a "Helping Hand" to help get the word out to your circle of influence today:  Dads, Moms, Guardians, Mentors, Church Members, Youth Leaders, Coaches, family members, neighbors, cousins in another state, and anyone 

working directly with youth bring your student to the first in-person conference since 2019. 


New Features: (Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM)  

  • Life Skills Stations, Panel Conversation and Enrichment Forums

  • Parent Advocacy Roundtable.  (Theme: Creating An Academic Warrior) Parents are encouraged to attend workshop to learn how to be a better advocate for their student(s).  

  • Essay Writing Competition for students

  • STEM Exposure Experience      


2023 ESSAY Writing Competition for Students: To improve overall writing skills students are encouraged to write and submit a 300-word Essay entitled:  The World Is Shifting!  Being Focus Forward is a Game Changer:  How Will YOU Pursue Excellence?   Why is this vital to your success at home, school, and in the community?  Provide examples to allow you to achieve ultimate success as a Game Changer!  Due TBD via email to, by the deadline.     



It is important more now than ever before to continue to invest in the community and work together to make a difference in the life of a child.   As students and community press through COVID pandemic let’s work to make “hope happen” to help families and students navigate this ever-changing society.    Mentoring Matters!

YOUR ACTION: Register and Bring your young males for a life-changing experience!

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